Governing Law and Regulations
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Natural Resources and Water Quality Division of Water Bureau of Water Compliance Programs
New York Department of Health (DOH)
Local health departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New York is not authorized to implement the pretreatment or sludge National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program components. Additional treatment may be required of the discharging facility to achieve the state's water quality–based standards.
The state has established the New York Model Sewer Use Law that is intended to aid municipalities in developing or modifying their sewer use laws in order to implement a pretreatment program, revise user charges, and upgrade enforcement provisions.
The state has also established rules for on-site wastewater treatment systems serving residential properties and receiving sewage without the mixture of industrial wastes or other wastes in quantities of less than 1,000 gallons (gal) per day.
• Administration and enforcement. DEC's Bureau of Water Compliance Programs administers the state's water quality program, including appropriate pretreatment standards. DOH and local health departments are responsible for administering and enforcing the rules for ...